MONARCHAK, (Tripura), June 21 � Dispelling all doubts, the NEEPCO authority on Friday declared the Monarchak power plant would be commissioned within two months after receiving the natural gas supply from the ONGC.
�We have already completed pre-commissioning works at Manarchak plant and remaining works could be done only after charging of gas to the Gas Turbine (GT), said Head of Project (HoP), Manarchak power project SR Biswas at a press conference.
Referring to ONGC�s claim of non-completion of work at Manarchak, the HoP said the GT of Manarchak project was made ready in September last year for commissioning. It was put on record that after receipt of gas, NEEPCO would require around two months time to synchronise the gas turbine on open cycle mode. And it will take another two months to go for commercial operation of the plant.
Biswas said all works related to GT have been done barring some finger adjustment works which will be carried out during commissioning activities subsequent to receipt
The NEEPCO official said, �The fire fighting system has already been established inside the project premises while 132 KV power sub-station has also been charged and remaining works would be done only after getting gas for the project�.
Noting that the NEEPCO will welcome any independent agency for inspection, the HoP said it was the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) that had cleared the Manarchak project on open mode after considering its financial viability. �The ONGC has no authority to intervene in the matter of readiness of the NEEPCO project. They should concentrate on their own works rather than commenting on NEEPCO�s works�, he said.
Initially, the NEEPCO had prepared DPR to set up a 500 MW gas-based power generation project at Monarchak way back in 2003. Later, the installed capacity was reduced to 280 MW and lastly it was reduced to only 101 MW after the ONGC failed to assure sufficient gas supply to NEEPCO.
Due to delay in project implementation, the estimated cost of the project has increased from Rs 623.44 crore (Nov 2009) to Rs 949.86 crore (Dec 2013).